Yet another church in north-west Tanzania was burnt to the ground this month, but its congregation has refused to stop meeting.
Three church buildings were set ablaze on Sept. 22 in a region of northwestern Tanzania where Muslim extremists have threatened local Christians.
Three pastors on Tanzania's Mafia island were summoned by the district registration office last week, confirming fears that the recent government threat to close the island's churches would soon start.
The Tanzanian Minister of Home Affairs threatened that churches and other religious organizations that publicly oppose the country's new constitution will be unregistered beginning on April 20.
Dozens of Christian worship places have been destroyed by Islamic extremists in Tanzania and church leaders are fleeing its heavily Muslim island of Zanzibar, as the persecution of Christians spreads throughout East Africa, a human rights chief said Monday, November 12.
More than 100 followers of an Islamist separatist group have been arrested in Tanzania earlier this month during sectarian riots in which several churches were set ablaze.
Islamists burned down a church on Zanzibar Island Saturday just three days after another church facility there was reduced to ashes.
Two Christian evangelists were free Sunday, August 15, after a court in Tanzania acquitted them of "illegal preaching", trial observers said.
Christians on Tanzania's Zanzibar Island anticipated more attacks against them Wednesday, July 1, as two churches were reportedly burned over the weekend by suspected militants opposing the spread of Christianity on the Muslim dominated semi-autonomous territory.
Christians on the predominantly Muslim islands of Pemba and the Comoros archipelago are beaten, detained and banished for their faith, according to church leaders who travel regularly to the Indian Ocean isles off the east coast of Africa.